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Air Local 512
January 28, 2022
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Local 512 Vice President Mike Szwed and I were in DFW for Mediation training conducted by the National Mediation Board. The mediation process is provided per article 33, paragraph (G) of our JCBA. We found it very informative and helpful with the process. Mediation is an informal, confidential, flexible, and non-binding process. We get help from a mediator to find a middle ground and solution in both parties best interests.
If we can't find any resolution to a grievance in mediation, we can go before the System Board of Adjustment. In other words, an Arbitrator.
We also attended our bi-monthly (GRB) Grievance Review Board meetings at American Airlines H.D.Q. The Board is part of the Step 3 grievance process when the Union does not get a satisfactory resolution on a grievance at the Step 2 level. More information on the process can be found in article 33 – Grievance Procedure on page 135.
We continue to Beta test the electronic grievance format and hope to have it up and fully running in a month or so. Then, our stewards would be able to submit grievances and supporting documents electronically by a smartphone, iPad, or P.C. Computer. We will also have two fixed locations in the Local 512 field office and Safety room.
The seven-day statewide test positivity rate was at 12%, down from 13.8%, better from the previous week of 15.3%. The IDPH reported that 62% of the state population is fully vaccinated. The Federal Government recently backed away from the vaccine mandate for all businesses with 100, and more employees vaccinated. There is no word on the mandate for all federal contractors, including all domestic airlines.
We did not have our weekly meeting with management, as we were in AA HDQ this week. So, we don't have the numbers of how many members might have tested positive. Once we get those numbers, we will move them forward to you.
Other items, the payout for the Holiday Pay Program will be on February 7, 2022. It will be on a separate check, in whatever format your payroll check sent. We had several members who were concerned with the condition of the hearing test booth and how the D.O.T. hearing test was conducted with such an antiquated piece of equipment. The good news is the Company purchased a new one and will be installed next month.
If any member gets tested at Premise health, they can get their results at Mypremisehealth.com. In addition, you can print your test result at their portal. If anyone has Union benefits, please take the time and stop by the field office to verify everything is correct with your premiums.
Also, the Company is adding new functionality to Workbrain on March 7, 2022, at Chicago (ORD). They are moving away from paper P.A. forms, and everything will be submitted electronically in the "Exception Log.” More information to follow.
Lastly, we like to give a shout-out to Local 512 Crew Chief Franky Valencia, who found a way to help by encouraging members to send their “Non-Stop” thanks points to an ailing member. If anyone wants to help, they can send their points to Alberto Albiola in Jetnet at the Non-Stop thanks page. We also have a few other members who are out. Please take a few minutes for a small prayer for them.
Sincerely and fraternally,
President – TWU Local 512
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